Woody Hayes versus Bo Schembechler. Jim Tressel versus Lloyd Carr. Urban Meyer versus Brady Hoke (coming soon to a field near you).
Thad Matta versus John Beilein?
Admittedly, the basketball rivalry between the Buckeyes and Wolverines doesn’t inspire the hatred, nostalgia and inter-family divisions in the Midwest that the gridiron version does, but there is still no love lost.
While Thad Matta has a dominating 15-3 career record against the maize and blue, Michigan’s home victory against the Buckeyes last year, as well as the budding rivalry between star point guards Trey Burke and Aaron Craft, has fans’ blood boiling again.
So how does the matchup look for the upcoming season? Both figure to be in contention for the Big Ten (although Indiana will probably have something to say about that) and the rivalry should only get more contentious.
When breaking down Ohio State and Michigan’s starting lineups, it only becomes clearer how close this battle will be in 2012-13.
Stats are courtesy of www.basketball-reference.com.